Conference: Globalisation, Illiberalism, the West and Islam: European and Australian Perspectives

16-17 June 2011, Monash University, Prato Campus, Italy

A conference organized by the Monash European and EU Centre, the Centre for Islam and the Modern World and the Global Terrorism Research Centre (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia), in conjunction with the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (The European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy).

Globalization, Illiberalism, the West and Islam: European and Australian perspectives brought together leading thinkers and practitioners across Europe and Australia working on issues of national identity, social cohesion and radicalisation to generate cutting edge analysis and policy recommendations.

The Conference took the form of an exploratory workshop where mature researchers shared ideas with younger, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from Australian and European universities. The aim was to inspire further collaborative research projects, with the best emerging ideas from the conference to be published as a special journal issue or monograph.

The conference covered some of the following themes:

  • European/Western societies and Islamic minorities
  • The impact of Globalization on Western liberal culture
  • The interaction between Islamic illiberalism and European illiberalism
  • Islam and the question of European identity
  • Islam and gender
  • European models of secularism
  • Factors of religious radicalization
  • Factors of violent radicalization

Participation was strictly by invitation, however doctoral and post doctoral students and fellow academics were welcome to attend.

Guest speakers

  • Dr Farhad Khosrokhavar
  • Prof Olivier Roy
  • Prof Armando Salvatore
  • Assoc Prof Mark Sedgewick

Special Address

  • Dr Hass Dellal OAM, Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation

Conference program

Globalization, Illiberalism, the West and Islam: European and Australian Perspectives


This conference was kindly supported by an EU Centre in Australia grant from the External Relations Directorate General of the European Commission.

Organising committee

  • Dr Natalie Doyle
  • Ms. Derya Dilara Akguner
  • Prof Pascaline Winand (ex officio)